The Average Hotel Does Not Get The Average Rating

The millions of travelers who review hotels, restaurants, and other attractions on TripAdvisor also supply a numeric rating by clicking one of five circles ranging from 1 for “terrible” to 5 for “excellent.” On the whole, travelers are pretty kind.The average review rating for hotels and other lodgings is over 3.9.

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HTTP 304 Not Modified, Explained in 500 Words or Less

The other night I was searching “Best Pasta Dish Recipes” on Google.
I clicked the first link and was stopped by the dreaded error code.
I’m willing to bet something similar has happened to you, at one point or another.
When that happens, it’s not just my brain experiencing technical difficulties.
These error codes are HTTP status codes.

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Doing good data science

Data scientists, data engineers, AI and ML developers, and other data professionals need to live ethical values, not just talk about them. The hard thing about being an ethical data scientist isn’t understanding ethics. It’s the junction between ethical ideas and practice. It’s doing good data science.
There has been a lot of healthy discussion about data ethics lately.

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The life-changing magic of tidying up your data

If your data is a mess, what are you waiting for? Like many other companies, maybe yours has been ignoring a lot of the things that are wrong with its data and its BI environment. But then the company acquires another, or gets acquired and all hell breaks loose.
It’s no secret that mergers, acquisitions and organizational restructurings wreak havoc on BI.

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7 Brands That Got Inclusive Marketing Right

Have you ever had trouble relating to ads, TV, or other media because it told stories of people with lives that were vastly different from your own? If so, you’re not alone.
Growing up in a small town with partial blindness, the only people I could relate to were characters on TV or in ads. These characters, which included Mr.

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To all my friends back East, we’re all doing just fine here in LA

Though air quality is always a concern, other than a few hazy days, very few of us have been directly affected by the fires. Homelessness remains a huge problem on a humanitarian level, but the streets do not run with sewage, used needles do not litter the sidewalks and the housed do not cower in fear.

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How to Make Meetings Less Terrible (Ep. 389)

50 percent of meeting agendas are recycled from other gatherings. Perhaps not surprisingly, 70 percent of senior managers consider meetings unproductive. (Photo: Pixabay)
In the U.S. alone, we hold 55 million meetings a day. Most of them are woefully unproductive, and tyrannize our offices.

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Advice for aspiring data scientists and other FAQs

Aspiring data scientists and other visitors to this site often repeat the same questions. This post is the definitive collection of my answers to such questions (which may evolve over time).
How do I become a data scientist?
It depends on your situation. Before we get into it, have you thought about why you want to become a data scientist?
Hmm… Not really.

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Claims and Evidence: A Joke

The other day a friend posted the following old joke about the level of rigor that mathematicians usually require. (Disclaimer: if you take the joke as a serious claim about the standards of quality in the other fields referenced in the joke, it is an obviously unfair characterization of both astronomy and physics.)
A Mathematician, a Physicist, and an astronomer were travelling north by train.

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Bitcoin and Taxes: What You May Not Know

You might be aware that your Bitcoin or other cryptocurrency transactions have a possible taxable impact. However, you might not know exactly how to report them. Read on for more guidance on cryptocurrency taxes.
What is Bitcoin?
Bitcoin is a worldwide payment system where users buy virtual currency using an exchange. Bitcoin is stored in a digital wallet and can be transferred using a mobile app.

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How to Understand Computers in Film

When we see an act of programming, screeds of code or other interactions with computers in movies, software engineers are likely to roll their eyes.
When Chappie’s coder has to write ‘terabytes of code’
When Ford’s computer guy has to ‘write a special program’ to crack a password in one of the Jack Ryan movies
etc.
I rolled my eyes at these.

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